Osmonds looking at Flamingo run


Donny and Marie Osmond met with Flamingo executives on Monday to discuss details of a proposed multiyear headliner deal, according to a TV report.

The brother-sister act is considering a deal that would run 40 to 44 weeks a year, said Alicia Jacobs, KVBC-TV, Channel 3, entertainment reporter. The Osmonds would replace Toni Braxton, who opened in August 2006.

Mirage headliner Danny Gans and Chip Lightman reportedly would produce the show.

Marie, 48, is coming off months of prime-time exposure on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," in which she finished third after a controversial run.

Both have had No. 1 hits, and they teamed up on the "Donny & Marie Show" on ABC from 1976 to 1979. Marie's debut single, "Paper Roses," became the No. 1 country hit in 1973, and she topped the country charts with "Meet Me in Montana" and "There's No Stopping Your Heart."

Donny, who turns 50 on Sunday, went to the top with "Go Away Little Girl" and "Puppy Love."

In 1974, they teamed up on pop hits "I'm Leaving It All Up to You" and "Morning Side of the Mountain."

MEXICAN STAR MOURNED

Sergio Gomez, the lead singer of the Mexican band K-Paz de la Sierra whose body was discovered Monday, received an honorary celebrity star on Las Vegas Boulevard late last month.

Gomez was so grateful for the recognition that he was planning a free concert at Thomas & Mack Center, said Pablo Castro-Zavala, a local Hispanic leader.

"We are in shock," said Castro-Zavala, who is vice president of Hispanics affairs for the Las Vegas Walk of Stars.

Gomez and his group were presented with the star during their concert May 25 at The Orleans. Afterwards, an "emotional" Gomez told Castro-Zavala to start planning the free concert.

Gomez asked to be notified when the star was installed in front of New York-New York "so he could bring the singers and families," Castro-Zavala said.

They returned Nov. 20 for a ceremony at ESPN Zone and a concert at South Point, and they rode the roller coaster at the Stratosphere.

Gomez was kidnapped, tortured and killed near the Michoacan state capital of Morelia, not far from his home of Ciudad Hidalgo.

Castro-Zavala said Gomez's camp hinted that the frontman and founder had received warnings not to return to his home state.

"I was told that he mentioned to his family and manager that he received e-mails and phone calls telling him not to go to certain concerts because 'someone wants to hurt you.' One of the cities was Morelia," Castro-Zavala said.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

A new day: ABC is reporting that Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign has replaced the Celine Dion theme song with Big Head Todd and the Monsters' "Blue Sky." Dion's "You and I" was the people's choice earlier this year. ...

Bette Midler has titled her upcoming Caesars Palace production "Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On." And now we know why the stage will be level when she opens Feb. 20 in The Colosseum: She's reviving one of her favorite characters, Delores Delago, the wheelchair-bound mermaid. The stage has been sloped for Dion's show, which would require quite a workout in a wheelchair.

SIGHTINGS

Joe Torre, the Los Angeles Dodgers' new manager, with a large party that included his former New York Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, at Joe's Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab in Forum Shops at Caesars. ... Joining Santa Fe and The Fat City Horns on Monday at The Lounge at the Palms: Marco Mendoza, who has performed with White Snake and Ted Nugent; Renato Neto, who has performed with Prince; Joey Heredia, who has performed with Sheila E; and Steve Weingart, who has performed with Chaka Khan.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Big event is dachshund roping." -- From David Letterman's Top Ten Signs You're at a Makeshift Rodeo.

Norm Clarke can be reached at (702) 383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com.

 

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